NEW YORK — The Broadway show "Aladdin" has canceled performances through Oct. 10 after more breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected within the company, Disney Theatrical Productions confirmed Friday evening.
Disney says "Aladdin" is scheduled to resume performances on Oct. 12.
"This 12-day pause allows the ‘Aladdin’ company ample time to ensure that people with breakthroughs recover, and any other potential breakthroughs are identified before the ‘Aladdin’ company gathers again,” Dr. Blythe Adamson, the epidemiologist working with Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement.
So-called breakthrough infections are detected in vaccinated people and tend to be far less dangerous than those unvaccinated.
Adamson said she believes “these positive cases are most likely related to an exposure from one positive case.” She has instituted daily PCR testing. The show vowed to support “affected ‘Aladdin’ company members as they recover.”
Wednesday's "Aladdin" performance was canceled after breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected among the company, but Thursday's show went on as scheduled after the production said there were no new positive tests after 24 hours and two rounds of testing.
The production says tickets for all of the canceled shows — including this past Wednesday's — will be refunded. Refund information can be found on the production's website.
The Disney production originally made its return to the Great White Way on Tuesday after going dark for more than a year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Aladdin,” a musical adaptation of the 1992 animated movie starring Robin Williams, opened on Broadway in March 2014 and has become one of its highest grossing shows.
It was the first Broadway COVID-19 cancellation since shows resumed with Bruce Springsteen’s concert returning in July and “Pass Over” as the first play to debut in August.
The pandemic forced Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, knocking out all shows and scrambling the spring season. Several have restarted, including the so-called big three of “Wicked,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King.”